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The sheer immensity of these animals creates a palpitating heartbeat.   Their intriguing behavior patterns, the eerie sound of their singing, the outrageous photo ops   ...  & the fact that most of the trips are for divers & non-divers alike  ...  translated to aquatic opportunities not to be missed !


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Silver Bank Humpbacks

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Silver Bank liveaboard options
January to end of March every year

We have carefully chosen operations where you can easily & safely swim with the whales .... and just as importantly, where the animals are protected and respected.  Read about the Silver Bank in the Caribbean by clicking the button below .... and about Tonga and Socorro in the following articles on this page.


Silver Bank, Dominican Republic .... a sanctuary for ocean giants

The Silver Bank lies in a Marine Sanctuary - an area 1680 square kilometers (about 650 square miles), located north of the Dominican Republic and approximately the same distance from the Turks & Caicos Islands.

The Silver Bank provides a safe wintering haven, from January until April, for a vast majority of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale population who gather here from January through April by the thousands to court, mate, calve, and rear their young.   The banks offer safety and protection to females and their calves until the young are strong enough to make the trip back to the North Eastern U.S. coast.

We work with three operators:
Aquatic Adventures
Conscious Breath Adventures
Aggressor Fleet


Trips run January through March on Belize Aggressor IV, Turks & Caicos Explorer II & Turks and Caicos Aggressor II.
Continue reading to overview the programs.  Don't hesitate to contact us for additional details or to book.

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Belize Aggressor IV

Departures from January through March or early April


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One of the 3 operators we highly recommend is Conscious Breath Adventures. Their trips are on the lovely & spacious Belize Aggressor IV.  Not only do these trips receive rave reviews, Gene is a force to be reckoned with in the world of whale conservation....   continue reading

In any of the encounters here in the Silver Bank, participants may use mask, snorkel and fins; but no SCUBA or rebreather equipment of any type is allowed.   Because it is snorkeling-only, the experience of swimming with the humpback whales is open to participants of all skill levels.   By entering the water quietly and floating peacefully as a group, the participants minimize any disturbance to the whales and then allow the whale to choose to approach or not.

It is an encounter in their environment, on their terms.  You may never have more supreme moments in the water ....

Your home away from home on this adventure will be the Belize Aggressor IV. At 138 feet (42m) in length, with a beam of 26 feet (8m) she is the largest vessel to travel to the Silver Bank.

Daily excursions to encounter the humpback whales are conducted aboard our two purpose-built whale boats, Pec & Fluke.   They are each 25′ (7.5m) fiberglass boats, with a wide 9′ (2.75m) beam that offers a stable ride to the guests.    Built for open water, each boat has an unsinkable, foam flotation filled hull and twin four stroke outboard engines. Having twin engines adds safety and dependability, and because they are four stroke, they are quiet and have low emissions.

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Belize Aggressor IV details

 


Turks & Caicos Aggressor II

Departures from January through March or early April


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The lovely Turks and Caicos Aggressor II is another excellent choice for swimming with humpback whales at the Silver Bank.....   continue reading

The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II has two 17 ft. long by 7 ft. wide, aluminum V-hull boats with 18 " pontoons that hold 11 people in each one. They are fitted with a dive ladder for easy exiting, a full-length bimini top for sun protection, 2 50 hp 4-stroke Yamaha engines for extra safety and a VHF radio.

Inflatables (with bimini tops) are launched several times daily and are solely used to bring you closer to the whales.   Inflatable runs last one and a half to three hours depending on the proximity of whale activity and time of day.

During your week with the whales you will have the opportunity to observe then at close range .... both from above-the-water viewings and "soft" in-water encounters.

You'll see them spin and play, hear their haunting songs resonating through the water and sense the power and grace of some of the most intelligent mammals on earth - it’s a life-changing experience!

All whale charters depart from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

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Turks & Caicos Aggressor II details

 


Turks & Caicos Explorer II

Departures from January through March or early April


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Choose category "Focus on Whales"

The poppular Turks & Caicos Explorer II begins its trek following humpback whales migrating south, and spends the following 11 weeks (through the end of March) on the Silver Bank ....   continue reading

You can join Humpback Whale expert Tom Conlin of Aquatic Adventures for one of his unique "Whales of the Silver Bank" expeditions.  He's been working with these whales for more than 25 years.

Snorkelers have the rare opportunity, not watch from a crowded tour boat, but actually enter the water and swim with majestic humpback whales while they fulfill an instinctual migrating ritual before the inquisitive eyes of visiting snorkelers. It's incredible!

These special itineraries offer up to 18 lucky guests the opportunity to spend a week both topside and in the water (snorkel only), experiencing the majesty of these incredible creatures.  And, Tom loves transmitting the knowledge he's gained over all of these years, so you'll benefit from both his hard work and his passion.

The M/V Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a 124 ft. vessel with a 22 ft. beam that sleeps 20 passengers. Comfortable, spacious and luxurious, the liveaboard adds the final touch to an extraordinary adventure.

Due to Tom Conlin's popularity, these trips fill exceedingly quickly each year. If you're interested, don't hesitate!

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Turks & Caicos Explorer details

LOOKING FOR PHOTO TIPS ?

Consider one of our Photo Expeditions ....
special trips with professional photographers to help and guide you to improve your photo quality ....

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